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The Worldwide Quest Blog

Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Forever Lonesome

The world-famous Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George who was the last of his kind when he died in June 2012, will be preserved in consultation with the American Museum of Natural History.  George was an icon for biodiversity conservation and will be on display at the Museum for a limited time starting this winter before he is returned to the Galápagos.  ...

Cambodian Finger Dancing

A cultural resurgence is a beautiful thing.  Particularly in the case of the ancient Cambodian finger dance.  Painstakingly recorded by experts who studied wall carvings from the thousand year-old temples in Angkor Wat, and nearly obliterated during the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970's, the finger dance is now becoming a common sight at public ceremonies.  Another good reason to hea...

Penguin Highway in Antarctica

Who doesn't love the visual of a waddling penguin? Melissa Brennan, in her early 20's captured this great footage of a well-beaten path in the snow and set up a camera there to record the comings and goings of penguins. It turns out they have an orderly traffic system. Road conditions are icy in Antarctica, but webbed feet still patter away in this video of a busy penguin highway.  Seem...

Shipwreck at Cape Flora - A Recommended Read

Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic, yet refused public accolades and published no account of his pioneering explorations. Leigh Smith’s first expedition, to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, resulted in thirty-three new place names and included the discovery of twenty-two new islands. He defined the northeast limits of Svalbard at what is now known as...

World's Rarest Buffalo Captured

Camera traps deployed in the rugged Philippine mountains of Occidental Mindoro’s Iglit-Baco range have just captured dramatic images of Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) – the world’s rarest buffalo species and the Philippines’ largest endemic land animal.In an effort to double wild Tamaraw numbers from 300 to 600 by 2020, small infrared cameras are crucial tools that give sci...

Mystery in the Sea of Galilee

A giant 'monumental' stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and even how long ago it was built.The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of 'unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders,' and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships.They say it is definitel...